Top wrestling teams at section dual meet
The Sac-Joaquin Section winter sports postseason begins today with the section Wrestling Team Dual Championships at Rosemont High in Sacramento. Modesto Metro Conference champion Davis and Central California Conference champion Turlock are in the Division I field, highlighted by favorites Vacaville and Elk Grove. Valley Oak League champ Sonora and VOL runner-up Oakdale are in the Division IV field. Two-time champion Central Catholic highlights the Division V field, which includes Escalon, Waterford, Livingston, Calaveras and Bret Harte. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m., with the finals scheduled to go at about 4:30 p.m.
Western Pau-wer: Lakers add Gasol
The Los Angeles Lakers bolstered their banged-up front line Friday with a key acquisition -- 7-footer Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies. "It shows a great deal of commitment from the organization," All-Star Kobe Bryant said before the Lakers' game at Toronto. "It's a great step. The Lakers gave up Kwame Brown, rookie Javaris Crittenton and two first-round draft picks (2008, 2010) for Gasol (18.9 points, 8.8 rebounds). The Spaniard is certain to help a Lakers team reeling from recent injuries to inside players, including blossoming center Andrew Bynum. Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Gasol could make his debut when the Lakers visit Washington on Sunday. Gasol can fill in at center until Bynum returns in mid-March, then move to power forward. NBA, Page C-4
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Mets finalize deal for ace Santana
Johan Santana is a money pitcher, and the New York Mets are paying for it. Santana and the Mets agreed Friday to a $137.5 million, six-year contract, a record for a pitcher and the last major step needed to complete the team's blockbuster trade with Minnesota. After the sides were granted an extra two hours to work on a deal, the Mets announced about 30 minutes before the new 4 p.m. deadline that negotiations had concluded. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was scheduled to take a physical today. Terms of the agreement were disclosed by a baseball official who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. The deal includes an $18.75 million option for 2014 with a $5.5 million buyout that could make the contract worth $150.75 million over seven seasons.